Don’t Ask Why

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DAVID VOGEL
Technology has come a long ways. Of course, I’m sure you’ve heard that before-it’s said so much.

I remember the first time my family had a computer that could do more than show green letters on a black background. It was a Macintosh Performa 575. I used to spend a lot of my time on the computer, drawing pictures and playing the “Snoopy” game I had. Every once a while I would pop in a dinosaur information program.

Now that computer is sitting downstairs in the storage room. It hasn’t shot down Snoopy’s Red Baron or been colored with for a long time.

Why? Because it’s not high-tech anymore. It’s not even hooked up to the Internet. If it were, it’d take forever to load anything.

I think the time I remember that computer the most clearly was when I was showing my baby-sitters a game I played. It was bedtime, so we had to turn the computer off. There was only one problem with that: None of us had ever shut a computer down before!

When we finally clicked on “File” we saw the words “Shut down.” We clicked on that, and as the computer went into its traditional clicks and pops, the same thought crossed all of our minds: Oh no! What if that makes the computer never come back on again?

Once the computer was totally dead, we turned it on-we knew how to do that-to make sure it still worked. The screen took its regular, lazy time turning on. Thank goodness! It came on with all of the files still in place.

Back then, I usually had my dad explain what to do on the computer. Now, I’m the one explaining how to do things.

Yep, technology has come a long way. Now anyone-experienced or not-can make a Web site that would have taken an expert to make years ago.

Anyone can now write their own coding-with a little training-or burn a CD without any fancy equipment.

I’m looking forward to the future, just to see how advanced our computers can get. Now we can add background music to a Web site, but maybe in a few years we’ll have background smells. Or even like in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” we might even be able to reach into the screen and grab a chocolate bar.

All it would take is a little coding mixed in with a recipe.

Don’t ask why!

PS: Thanks to every at the Free Press for the card. It’s been a fun summer! Don’t ask why!

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